Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dear Dior….

I usually bring you article’s with bargains and money saving product reviews, but on the odd occasion I like to bring you news on items which are Luxurious,  Beautiful and Opulent.

Today I’m sharing some of my favourite’s from the ‘Dear Dior’  Fine Jewellery Collection with you. Each piece is individual and breathtaking!

Just a word of warning – I will not be held responsible for the generation of any depression caused by not having these pieces in your life; au contraire  I shan’t be responsible for the bankruptcy or divorced cause as a result of buying them all for yourself 🙂

‘Dentelle Chantilly Multicolore’ Ring and Earrings

'Dentelle Chantilly Multicolore' Ring and Earrings

‘Dentelle Chantilly Multicolore’ Ring and Earrings

Ring in 18K yellow and while gold diamonds, yellow diamonds, Paraiba tourmalines, emeralds, pink spinels, red spinels, fire opals, amethysts, sapphires, yellow sapphires, hauynes, pink sapphires, demantoid garnets and spessartine garnet.

Earrings in 18K yellow and pink gold, 23K platinum, diamonds, yellow diamonds, Paraiba tourmalines, pink spinels, fire opals, emeralds, yellow beryls, spessartine garnets, amethysts, demantoid garnets, red spinels, sapphires and pink sapphires.

;Résille Bouquet d’Opales’ Ring and Earrings

‘Resille Bouquet d’Opales’

Ring and Earrings in 18K Yellow and Pink Gold, 23K Platinum, diamonds, black opals, amethysts, turquosies, demantoid garnets, emerald and sapphires.

‘Broderie Grenade Irisée’ Ring

‘Broderie Grenade Irisée’ Ring

Ring in 18K white, yellow and pink gold, diamonds, yellow diamonds, two-tone opal, crysoberyls, yellow sapphires, tsavorite garnets, fire opals, spessartine garnets, tanzanites, Paraiba tourmalines and peridots.

‘Dentelle Saphir Iris’ Ring and Earrings

'Dentelle Saphir Iris' Ring and Earrings

‘Dentelle Saphir Iris’ Ring and Earrings

Ring in 18K white gold, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, apatites, Paraiba tourmalines, purple sapphires and amethysts.

Earrings in 18K white gold, diamonds, apatities, sapphires, Paraiba tourmalines, rubies and amethysts.

‘Dentelle Opale d’Orient’ bracelet

‘Dentelle Opale d’Orient’ bracelet

Bracelet in 18K yellow gold, 23K platinum, diamonds, black opal, pink spinels, spessartine garnets, tsavorite garnets, tanzanites and rubies.

‘Tulles Pointillés Colorés’ Ring

'Tulles Pointillés Colorés' Ring

‘Tulles Pointillés Colorés’ Ring

Ring in 18K yellow gold, diamonds, pink sapphires, purple sapphires, spessartine garnets, red spinels, sapphires, hauynes, yellow sapphires, emeralds, Paraiba tourmalines and demantoid garnets.

Dentelle Médaillon Soleil’ Ring and Earrings

'Dentelle Médaillon Soleil' Ring and Earrings

‘Dentelle Médaillon Soleil’ Ring and Earrings

Ring in 18K yellow gold, yellow diamonds, green diamonds, brown diamonds and white opal.

Earrings in 18K yellow gold, diamonds, yellow diamonds, green diamonds, brown diamonds and sphenes.

To view the full ‘Dear Dior’ Collection, go to

Put the sparkle into any Woman’s eye with these great Stocking Fillers!

Sometimes our men get it so right…. but let’s face it, most of the time they get it wrong. So here are a few stocking fillers which are sure to put the sparkle back into your woman’s eye this Christmas. To buy any of the following products, simply click on the pictures to be whisked directly over to the product on the House of Fraser website, it really couldn’t be any easier.

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Set.
Only £40.00

This features an incredible lineup of eight full-size pencils in a rainbow of intoxicating shades. With eight amazing shades, you can create whatever look you`re in the mood for-from nakedly neutral to boldly bright to smoldering and sultry. In fact, the color range is so insane that they just had to dub this set Ocho Loco-which is Spanish for crazy eight. With their amazing staying power and unmatched colour payout, Urban Decay`s 24/7 Eye Pencils are one of the things they`re known for. Creamy and waterproof, this highly saturated formula glides on and stays put no matter what you put it through. This totally giftable set comes in a clear outer box to showcase the insane color range inside-just slap a bow on it and you`re done!

Application hint: Some people think that pencils are just for lining your eyes, but you can create beautiful highly pigmented smokey looks with these pencils. Roughly pencil in the area you want the colour in, stopping a little short of where you want the product to reach too. Then using a firm eye-shadow brush, blend the pencil out in circular motions to create an even show stopping look.

Estee Lauder Art Of Gloss Gift Set
Was £36 Now £32.40

Be a Modern Artist. Master the art of gloss with these 6 fun shades, Praline Paradise, Cherry Fever, Plum Divine, Frivolous Pink, Sugar Rush and Wild Sugarcane. This gift collection includes a modern, colour-block case with Pure Colour Gloss – the perfect stocking filler.

This collection is right on trend and perfect for the Christmas season. No matter what colour you are strutting your stuff in this holiday season, you will surely find a colour in this set to match and finish off your look. This set is perfect for day or night with a mix of natural and dramatic colours.

M·A·C Guilty Passions
Only £25.50!

With so many Christmas parties coming up, create a show stopping look with any of these beautiful Warm Crushed Metallic  Pigments. This is great value to get 4 very versatile colours from MAC. This set will help you create a range of different looks from Simplistic Sophistication to Mysteriously Smokey. The Guilty Passions Crushed Metallic Pigment kits feature four stackable jars of Pigment in rich molten metallic colour. Includes tempting shades in Ever Elegant, Silk Stocking, Dreamy Little Thing and Darling Coquette.

Application hint: Loose pigments can get messy so make sure to use plenty of eye primer and using a medium Eye-Shadow brush, firmly press the pigment onto your eyelid to make sure it stay’s put.

Benefit She`s So Jetset!
Was £29.50 Now £26.55

I have shared this product with you before, but now it is on special offer, helping you fill those stockings while saving some pennies. Upgrade your look in an instant.  This posh and polished makeup kit brings out the jetsetter in you. Follow the in flight makeup manual for an effortless glamorous look on eyes, lips and cheeks. Lift off to lovely! Kit includes: 4 shade eye shadow palette, the Porefessional, They`re real, first-class face powder with brush, lip gloss in life on the A list and double ended sponge applicator.

Dior Diorshow New Look Set.
Only £23!

I am so excited to feature this amazing set by Dior. The brand itself always portrays the highest level of luxury in their products and most of their palettes and sets start around £50. So grab yourself this great bargain for only £23! Inspired by catwalks and backstage make-up tips, the prodigious New Look Mascara with volume enhancer action thickens, separates and extends the lashes for an infinitely multiple lash effect. The set also contains a mini 5-Colour Couture Eyeshadow palette to reveal and enhance the intensity of your eyes.

Bobbi Brown Spring Picks.

If your woman has been extra good to you this year – Show her how much you appreciate her by splashing  the cash on this fantastic kit by Bobbi Brown.  Inspired by Bobbi`s love of Rose Gold, this limited edition set is the epitome of pretty. Luminosity and definition come together for an eye look that`s equally classic and fresh.

This set features the much-loved cream shadow and gel liner formulas; a super lengthening mascara; and the skincare you need to pamper the delicate eye area. It includes: Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner 3g, Rose Gold Long-Wear Cream Shadow 3.5g, Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara 6ml, Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover 30ml, EXTRA Repair Eye Cream 7ml, Mini Dual Ended Ultra Fine Eyeliner/Cream Shadow Brush.

 Now you have no reason not to impress her this year! Pop down to your nearest House of Fraser or go online to to pick up any of these perfect pressies!


Much Love  Nuala C.

Dress of the Month ~ November

My current dress of the month is a bit of a different one – it isn’t so much the dress itself that I love, but the overall look!

Marilyn before adjustments

You see, I kinda butchered this one! It came with a completely different sash that I got sick of looking at, so I wanted to try something different with it.

Marilyn stripped of her original sash

I pulled a much more embellished belt from another dress (which can be purchased separately) and also grabbed some matching organza fabric and created a cover up to completely change the original neckline. I absolutely love the look I created, and it serves as the perfect demonstration of how a dress can be transformed with accessories. I always tell girls not to panic if they don’t find a dress that they love everything about , that if you can find one that ticks almost all of the boxes then it’s worth considering making the tweaks yourself (with the use of a seamstress if necessary) to achieve the look you want.

Marilyn after her transformation

This dress is called Marilyn and I find it to be a really flattering gown on lots of body types. It is a traditional full-skirted ballgown, but since the skirt isn’t gathered at the waist and remains fairly flat and skimming through the hip, it doesn’t add extra bulk around a tummy, it can even disguise a larger hip and thigh area. Since the waist is the emphasis it can make pear shaped girls look much slimmer and really exaggerates an hourglass. I also love the slightly curved neckline and sculpted bodice as it can accommodate and even minimise quite a full bust. But most of all I love the silhouette created from the full skirt made up of metres and metres of organza and how it falls. It seems very opulent and luxurious even though it is completely un-embellished.

It definitely is reminiscent of the classic 1950’s Dior New Look, that really never dates or looks costumey, so it is ideal both for girls with a vintage themed wedding and modern girls looking for something girlie and super flattering.

For more information about this dress or to try it for yourself, please contact Catherine at Cathedral Gowns (Tel: 028 4461 2532)

♥ Autumn / Winter Make-up Tutorial – How to wear a Dark Berry Lip ♥

As promised, I am bringing you a tutorial for the 2nd of 3 looks which I created for the A/W 2012 Fashion Beauty Lifestyle Show in The Waterfront Hall in Belfast. This look was worn by some of the gorgeous models, strutting their stuff during the three Catwalk Shows.

This is a really simplistic, yet eye-catching look. Too often I see people trying to wear this Dark Berry Lip Colour with heavy eye make-up and it is so easy to get wrong. So I have put together this tutorial so you can learn how to create it for yourself in a matter of minutes.

You will look great rocking this look Day or Night!

As always, I love to hear your comments or if you have any questions about the products used, please leave a comment below.


Much Love  Nuala C

How to make the most of Wedding Fayres – Survival guide for future brides and their hubbies-to-be too!

With the wedding fayre season just around the corner ( it usually runs from January to April and then again in September and October), I thought it would  be useful to give some advice on how to make the  most of a visit.

A wedding fayre is really a supplier showcase – a great place to meet wedding suppliers in your area and take some of the leg work out of finding what you want. You’ll either find them at venues such as hotels and golf courses or at exhibition centres like the Kings Hall. They are usually held on a Sunday afternoon and most are free to visit although some of the bigger shows charge a few pounds entry.

Getting the most out of a wedding fayre depends on which stage of the planning process you are in. If you are just starting to put together your plans then a wedding fayre is a great place to start! Use them as a source of inspiration to see what is out there and to figure out what you would like to include. Use them to help you figure out your budget – make a note of how much the things you like might cost and when they need to be paid for so that you can figure out your spending.

If you are further into wedding planning with the date booked and the countdown started, then wedding fayres are even more useful to you, especially if you are ready to start making decisions and book suppliers and services for your big day.

Wedding fayres can be busy and even overwhelming with too many choices but if you visit armed with my top tips you can definitely make them work for you.

  1. Have a plan of what you want to achieve and who you want to see. If you know you need to find a photographer then make a beeline for them first so that you don’t accidentally miss them. Prioritise your time and make sure you leave the wandering around aimlessly until the end.
  2. Use them as a source of inspiration. You’ll see all kinds of things at wedding fayres so be open minded and let the experts guide you.
  3. Get there early. There’s nothing worse than arriving at a wedding fayre just as all the exhibitors are packing up, so try to get there just before the doors open. That way you’ll not only avoid the crowds but you’ll get the most out of the exhibitors who’ll be fresh and ready to help you.
  4. Before you get there set up a special email account for your wedding planning so that you can happily give out your contact details to wedding suppliers without worry of clogging up your inbox.
  5. Bring along a notebook to scribble down the details of companies whose stuff you like or the kinds of things you’d like to include on your big day. If you have a wedding planning folder bring it too so that you can slide in the business cards of vendors you are interested in.
  6. Know when you’d like to get married. You’ll be asked when the wedding is more than a few times so even if you haven’t booked your big day yet at least have an idea of the time of year. Every company that asks that question will immediately be figuring out if they have enough time to source what you need.
  7. Don’t be shy – if you are interested in a product or service and want more information don’t be afraid to approach the suppliers and ask questions.
  8. Be ready to be approached – businesses that exhibit at wedding shows can pay a lot of money to be there, so from their point of view they’ll want to make that expenditure worthwhile. Don’t be surprised when you’re approached or someone tries to make eye contact.  Be polite and take interest in what they are offering you. Some suppliers can be pushy though, so don’t be afraid to say you aren’t interested in what they are selling.
  9. Get a seat for the fashion show – some last half an hour or longer so you’ll be glad that you found somewhere to perch.
  10. Enter the competitions – you might win something amazing but even if you don’t it’s useful to get your name on the mailing list for wedding suppliers as they might send you email newsletters and details of other offers.
  11. Talk to other brides! Everyone is there for the same reason so do some networking. Speak to the girl sat beside you at the fashion show or in the queue for a coffee – it’s a great idea to share tips and recommendations with each other.
  12. If the show you want to attend charges admission, take advantage of the deals that are available for buying your ticket in advance. Some such as the Wedding Journal Show even offer free tickets when you buy an issue of their magazine. Others such as the Ulster Bride show give out free tickets to exhibitors who quite often give them away via their facebook pages in the weeks before the show.
  13. If someone picks you out of the crowd and offers you the chance for a bridal makeover don’t be afraid to go for it! They are so much fun!
  14. If you already have your dresses sorted skip the fashion show and take advantage of the aisles being quieter and get to chat with the suppliers you are interested in.
  15. Bring your diary so you can book appointments with suppliers.
  16. If you have done your research and are ready to book things for your wedding, bring your chequebook and be ready to pay deposits. Lots of companies such as photographers, bands and room decor companies offer discounts if you book them there and then.
  17. Bring a tote bag or a roomy handbag for carrying all the flyers and literature you’ll pick up.
  18. Bring a drink – it can be thirsty work especially if you get talking to lots of suppliers, so pop a bottle of water and a snack into your bag.
  19. Wear comfy shoes – some of the bigger shows can involve a fair bit of walking, and sometimes involve walking outside so bring a coat and a brolly too.
  20. They might seem like girlie paradise but there’s a lot for grooms to do too! Lots of couples I know have allocated specific tasks to the grooms, such as finding and booking the entertainment, picking the photographer and videographer. So if your fella gets bored looking at dresses send him off to find the perfect cars!

But most of all my best tip is to enjoy it! Getting married is so exciting and getting to plan how you want the day to be should be just as much fun! Good luck!

Nor Lisa’s Christmas Wish List

Every year I wish and wish for that something special, I suppose every girl does. If you are anything  like me and you would like to leave a few hints this Christmas then you may want to check out some of  my favourite Christmas gift ideas.
Black skull print Devore scarf

When my eye caught a glimpse of this gorgeous Black skull printed Devore scarf, I immediately fell in love with Devore again. This scarf is soft, silky and quite warm. I know this because I’ve already tested this luxurious scarf out in store! This is a bargain buy and would make anyone very happy this Christmas!
Disney Couture Exclusive To ASOS ‘Have Faith In Your Dreams’ Black Enamel Bangle

This little piece is beautiful and very charming. It is Disney Couture Exclusive to and reads ‘Have faith in your dreams’ in black enamel. This Disney bangle adds a little magic into your life and reminds you to believe in yourself every time you look at it!

Mouth Pendant

What can I say – this is lovely! It has to be Vivienne Westwood of course, who else would create something so delicate and edgy at the same time? This Mouth pendant is part of the new collection which is based upon a mouth pendant design from 1993, Vivienne Westwood has produced this playful love token. Accompanied with a heart-shaped medal with the slogan ‘don’t you ever kiss me once, kiss me twice’ an ode to the famous Elvis Presley song, give the new love in your life a daring and unique gift with this decadent enameled Valentine Pendant. Vivienne Westwood is a genius and has included one of the most amazing rock and roll legends of all time into her piece, this will definitely be under the tree for me this year, one can only hope I suppose.
Melissa Black Ultra Girl Peep Toe Flats

Melissa plastic shoes always makes my feet all comfy and sweet, so when I saw these new Melissa shoes I just couldn’t resist! I love these flat Ultra Girl peep toe pumps featuring an almond toe with a shimmering glitter effect throughout for added sparkle! These flats are subtle with an explosion of glitter and are just divine. I hope that Santa will hear me when I beg for these bad boys this Christmas!

This Deep red handbag from Zara is just so lovable with its black handle and its long black strap with a metal clasp at the front. This handbag is compact and would look great with a little black dress and a pair of wedges! At a very affordable price why wait till Christmas?  Treat yourself now to this cutie!

Nothing beats a bit of humiliation to brighten your week! #BenefitBloggerChallenge

I have just received word that our Video has been narrowed down into the final 3 of the Benefit Blogger Challenge! I have been dying to share this video with the world!

The rules seemed simple enough (in theory):

“Simply ask a man (Dad, son, brother, boyfriend, friend or just a man of the street) to do your make-up. It must be a full-face, including Foundation, Bronzer/Blusher, eye-shadow, eye-liner, and mascara”.

Simple right?? Well actually, Yes! I could have made the task really easy for him (and me) – But where’s the fun in that! A Make-up Artist teaches someone to do Make-up ~ PREDICTABLE. So I did the opposite!

I gave him a list of stages and a range of products including Moisturiser, Primer, Foundation, Powder, Blusher, Eyeshadow, LIQUID Eye-liner, Mascara and a Lip Stain (I know, I know, Lip Stain! I’m a glutton for punishment!). I gave him NO direction on how to actually apply these products and told him very little about what they actually do, but how much will he actually know or remember?

Join us on this comical journey of role-reversal. Where an Alternative Photographer and Professional Make-up Artist switch roles. I’ll even make you a deal, if it makes you giggle even once ~ you’ll give our video a vote in the Benefit Blogger Challenge. Sounds fair to me, after all I did just humiliate myself in the name of fun!

To vote, click on the link below and select my video from the drop down menu – its quick and easy and will take you about 30 seconds to do! (I will love you forever if you do it!)

Check out our video below.


Here is a ‘lovely’ collage of stills from the video in case you have any problems viewing it.

#Benefit Blogger Challenge

I really hope you have enjoyed watching our video as much as we (or HE)  enjoyed making it.

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